The following speech was delivered in Sydney, Australia on 26 October 2019 at the celebrations of the 99th year of the Communist Party of Australia by Deputy Secretary of the Central Committee, New Communist Party of Aotearoa, J Morgan.
Comrades and Friends of the Communist Party of Australia e hoa kaioha.
I wish to start by acknowledging the traditional owners of the Darug nation land on which we meet today, and I pay my respects to elders past and present. Sovereignty never ceded. This always was always will be aboriginal land.
On behalf of the communists of Aotearoa New Zealand, I wish to congratulate you on this, your 99th year. This celebration is important not just for comrades here in Australia, but also for New Zealand, Australasia and indeed, the whole world.
The Communist International’s support in uniting Australian Communists and their help in the foundation of the Australian Communist Party nearly 100 years ago is a poignant and pertinent reminder that communist parties and the struggle of workers cannot exist separately, divided by borders. Ours is a global struggle that will determine a global future.
This mindset of friendship and cooperation has always been a part of the Communist trans-Tasman relationship. When the Communist Party of New Zealand faced collapse due to inexperience and financial difficulties during the late 1920s, the CPA stood beside them as a fraternal caregiver. Cooperation with the Socialist Unity Part of NZ ensure that the ties between the working classes of our two countries continued through the left-deviationist periods of the Maoist-Hoxhaist CPNZ. New Zealand communists and the NCPA are pleased that the foundation of our Party means that our fraternal ties can resume in this new era of the international communist movement.
Our national identities are in no small part built around our fraternal rivalry and we have gladly accepted the role of the cocky little brother (who always wins at rugby). Your party is approaching a century of existence and ours is about to hold its founding National Congress. Cleary, we have different histories. Our Marxist-Leninist ties however, are as strong as ever. I speak on behalf of the entire Central Committee of the New Communist Party of Aotearoa when I say that we are excited for future cooperation and the advancement of the rights of workers on both sides of the Tasman – in your centennial year and the years that follow. We look forward to welcoming a delegation of the Communist Party of Australia to our National Congress next month as the next step in a strong friendship.
Together our parties, arm in arm with the workers movements of the greater Asia-Pacific, march towards a socialist future under the banner of Marxism-Leninism.
Long live the Communist Party of Australia!
Long live Marxism-Leninism!